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Old 12-29-2005, 10:47 AM   #26
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I ordered my kit last week and it was sitting at my door chritmas eve day. Very fast shipping and everything looks great! Got the intercooler installed and the bumper cut. Putting the piping in this weekend. I alos had to buy the reducer but got if off ebay for $11 bucks. For the price $425 shipped you can't beat this kit. Rip on it all you want it is a very good and well designed kit! Couldn't be happier.
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Old 12-29-2005, 10:55 AM   #27
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I ordered my kit last week and it was sitting at my door chritmas eve day. Very fast shipping and everything looks great! Got the intercooler installed and the bumper cut. Putting the piping in this weekend. I alos had to buy the reducer but got if off ebay for $11 bucks. For the price $425 shipped you can't beat this kit. Rip on it all you want it is a very good and well designed kit! Couldn't be happier.
What did you use to cut the bumper with? I need to do that today..
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Old 12-29-2005, 12:22 PM   #28
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What did you use to cut the bumper with? I need to do that today..
+1. My kit came in today and I need some tips for cutting.

I installed a A/W FMIC on a friends car and we use a dremel. It melted the bumper pretty good and made a terribly jagged uneven cut. This has to be perfect to be on my car.
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Old 12-29-2005, 12:48 PM   #29
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there is nothing wrong with new companies offering competitive prices, imitation or not.

this affords a vast majority to be much more involved in the industry and culture of the aftermarket.
i first got into hondas roughly 6-7 years ago. it cost me almost $6000 alone to get a custom kit made for me by rpmnyc for my 96 h22a accord. i could do the same kit today off the shelf for about $3000.

i think i'll be purchasing one of these kits for my car as well.
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Old 12-29-2005, 05:19 PM   #30
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This has to be perfect to be on my car.
Options:
A)Prepare for disappointment.
B)Don't get a FMIC.
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Old 12-29-2005, 05:23 PM   #31
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Everyone know it's a direct copy but again China doesn't uphold US law and Patten-pen. They aren't breaking any laws selling their FMIC, it's making a direct copy in the 1st place.
You're describing a non-existant loophole, dude. Move on... Honestly, take the ten seconds to think about what you're writing. It makes no sense.
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Old 12-29-2005, 10:40 PM   #32
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What did you use to cut the bumper with? I need to do that today..
TO get the center out I used a hauck saw blade and slide a hose over the end to mak it easier to hold on to. Once the center was cut out I measured back 1" all along the bottom of the bumper and cut that out with a sheetmetal shear. Looks like a heady duty side cutter. Then put the bumper on and see where you need to trim. It takes a lot of time and patience but it will pay off in the end. Make sure you don't end up with to much of a gap on the bottom or the air will be more likly to go around the intercooler instead of threw it. Hope this helps, If you have any more questions ask.

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Old 12-30-2005, 10:16 AM   #33
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Can anyone send me a pic or post a pic of cut front bumper to accomadate a FMIC. I don't want to hack to much off.
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Old 12-30-2005, 11:25 AM   #34
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Can anyone send me a pic or post a pic of cut front bumper to accomadate a FMIC. I don't want to hack to much off.
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Hot blade.. Heat it up with a blowtorch (worked with way too much of cutting plastic bodies (RC cars)
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Old 12-30-2005, 11:40 AM   #35
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I already bought a Dremel with a high speed blade, just looking for a reference pic to see how much to cut..
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Old 12-30-2005, 11:50 AM   #36
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I already bought a Dremel with a high speed blade, just looking for a reference pic to see how much to cut..
Ditto.

I installed the piping last night and am going to cut today.

How did you guys handle the side of the bumper? What I mean is, did you leave that knotch left over from the top black piece or did you taper the cut so it wasn't noticeable? No one shows up close pics of their cuts but it would help.

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Old 12-30-2005, 01:20 PM   #37
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so anyone with the kit getting any negative results? welding wise or performance.
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Old 12-30-2005, 02:24 PM   #38
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so anyone with the kit getting any negative results? welding wise or performance.
I've had the kit installed now for about three months now with ZERO problems. Works very well, fits very well. Couldn't find a single complaint about the kit honestly.


and it looks great in black.
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Old 12-30-2005, 02:40 PM   #39
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http://freon.shackspace.com/car/fmic
I just uploaded the last of the pics and a few text files with my impressions, etc. The kit is really nice. You'll need a few odds and ends to finish.

You can see where I cut in the pictures, but if someone wants to take some pics of an uncut bumper, I can photoshop some cut lines on it to help out. I didn't really take any pics before I started cutting. I think I did ok on the center part, but I did cut out way more than I needed in the foglight area. It was hard to tell how it was going to fit exactly until I started cutting so I could test fit it.
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Old 12-30-2005, 02:51 PM   #40
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http://freon.shackspace.com/car/fmic
I just uploaded the last of the pics and a few text files with my impressions, etc. The kit is really nice. You'll need a few odds and ends to finish.

You can see where I cut in the pictures, but if someone wants to take some pics of an uncut bumper, I can photoshop some cut lines on it to help out. I didn't really take any pics before I started cutting. I think I did ok on the center part, but I did cut out way more than I needed in the foglight area. It was hard to tell how it was going to fit exactly until I started cutting so I could test fit it.
Looks great! Will you take pic's of where you cut bumper and in for light area?
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Old 12-30-2005, 02:54 PM   #41
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There are pics of it, reassembly1 & 2, but I cut out more than needed. Again, if someone wants to take pics of an uncut bumper and email or PM them to me I'll photoshop some cut lines on them.
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Old 12-30-2005, 05:34 PM   #42
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and it looks great in black.

What did you use to paint it?
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Old 12-30-2005, 07:58 PM   #43
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one thing different about this kit and the turbo xs one is that this one you need to remove your fogs and i believe with the turbo xs FMIC you get to keep your fog lights
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Old 12-30-2005, 08:13 PM   #44
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good deal, just glad i got my BLITZ for $400
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Old 12-30-2005, 08:49 PM   #45
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I think the piping is the same on this and the TXS, so the foglight issue should be the same. I'd guess you can keep them. I don't have fogs so I don't know for sure. I did have to cut into the duct stuff behind the corner covers on my STI, but the piping doesn't invade the space much.

New pics and videos uploaded, same URL.

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SSAutochrome has three of these kits on ebay now starting at a penny, but expensive shipping.

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Old 12-31-2005, 09:08 PM   #46
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one thing different about this kit and the turbo xs one is that this one you need to remove your fogs and i believe with the turbo xs FMIC you get to keep your fog lights
You can keep your fogs.

Please, everyone read the first part half of the this thread. FIRST PART OF THIS THREAD (WITH PICTURES, GUIDE, AND FEEDBACK)

I finished installing mine today. It took me a LOOOOOONG time to get the bumper to fit. Most of the delay was because I kept cuttin in about .5cm at a time to insure I didn't overcut. If I had a stencile, it would take about 2 hours to cut. I can make one for the bugeye people if someone wants it. That would at least save someone else the 5+ hours it took me (I worked through the night so that might have something to do with it).

I've got the pics on my camera and will update soon. And btw, I went from stock WRX TMIC to this and the top end is MUCH better. My maf went from 4.4v peak to 4.5v and at an earlier rpm. X100
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Old 12-31-2005, 09:14 PM   #47
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Also, the where does that one IC pipe support go? I saw it in the box but didn't know where to install it, so I just let it be. I think it goes under the cold pipe, right where the old airbox was.
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Old 12-31-2005, 09:31 PM   #48
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I have it supporting the intake. I screwed it into the front of the two large bolts that hold the lower stock airbox. The hole is right next to the ABS module in the framerail.

You can see it here:
http://freon.shackspace.com/car/fmic/running2.jpg
Right behind the ABS module and holding up the intake right at the MAF.
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Old 01-01-2006, 02:27 AM   #49
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All done: INSTALLED PIC

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Old 01-01-2006, 06:10 AM   #50
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are the real turboxs fmics made in china too? I wouldn't be suprised if the fmics are made at the same factory, from the same supplier.
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